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Application Deadline Jan 25: MFA Program at Carnegie Mellon University

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 25, 2013, 5 p.m.
  • Location:
    Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15213, US

Highly selective, with typically 6 students admitted per year, the Masters of Fine Arts program at Carnegie Mellon University seeks artists who demonstrate the ability to carry out a significant body of creative work, show an interest in interdisciplinary practice, and a desire to connect art-making with a larger public sphere.


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Fall term admission only.

All materials must be submitted online by this date via Slideroom. https://cmumfa.slideroom.com



Ranked #1 in Design & Multimedia and #7 overall (US News & World Report), the Master of Fine Arts is an innovative, highly interdiciplinary, contextually oriented, three-year program.

The program produces artists of exceptional ability and initiative who are able to create opportunities for themselves and connect meaningfully with communities and cultures around them.

The School of Art helps cultivate artists who pursue intellectually broad-based, socially minded approaches to art-making, encouraging a new vitality and relevance of art.

Art making in the graduate program:

# is regarded as a mode of creative inquiry whose by-products may be materially intangible or intangible, static or time-based, long-lived or temporary;
# is inclusive rather than exclusive — all natural and human-created tools, technologies, materials, ideas and contexts are regarded as available to the artist for analysis, exploration, exploitation, image-development, synthesis and gesture;
# expands, and thereby redefines, the parameters of art by taking risks and risking failure;
# engages contemporary issues, ideas and technologies, anticipating the future and utilizing the past not as a safety net but as a springboard;
# is responsive to local, national and global contexts, addressing the culture inside and outside of art;
# is attuned to the nature of a university environment, both enriching and mining its resources.


The School of Art is a premier location for the interface between art and technology and for interdisciplinary art practice.

The art degree programs and environment are designed to develop individuals capable of working as artists in a complex, rapidly changing global culture. Connections with other CMU departments and research units enhance the creative and academic opportunities available to art students.

Art faculty, all practicing artists or scholars, provide an intense, professional learning environment where students enjoy close ties with their instructors and each other.

Students, faculty and staff contribute regularly to CMU and Pittsburgh's creative communities. Places to see and exhibit art on campus, throughout the city and surrounding neighborhoods are varied and plentiful.

The School of Art:

# Combines the advantages of a renowned studio program with the interdisciplinary resources of a top tier university.
# Offers breadth and depth through an inclusive approach toward educating artists.
# Encourages experimentation, crossing boundaries, and hybrid processes as well as engaging the history and traditions of art.
# Fosters problem solving skills and the ability to work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing global culture.
# Provides versatile training from a professionally active faculty who focus on students as individuals.
# Provides 24-hour access to state-of-the-art facilities in a safe, supportive environment.
# Ensures broad and balanced exposure to a wide range of media, embracing new and established technologies.
# Engages intentionally with local and international communities through courses, events, internships, and study abroad.
# Cultivates and celebrates diversity in educating artists for the future.
# Contributes to a city and region with countless cultural and recreational opportunities.
# Offers career guidance preparing alumni to negotiate their way successfully in the world with creativity and intelligence.